Marco Rizzello, piano
Marco Rizzello was born on the 4th October 1997 and was approached to music and the piano at a very young age. He was a student of M° Giorgio Farina and obtained in 2016 his Bachelor Degree in Piano cum laude and top marks in Cesena (Conservatorio “B. Maderna”). Later, he studied in Pesaro (Conservatorio “G. Rossini”) in the class of M° Giovanni Valentini and in 2018 he graduated cum laude, 110/110 and honorable mention (Master Degree in Piano Performance). Imola Piano Academy He currently attends the Triennial High Specialization Course in the classes of M° Boris Petrushansky and M° Marlies Van Gent at the Imola Piano Academy. Learning from pianists coming from different traditions and schools of thinking has always been a crucial part of his learning process. Between the most influential of them there are Enrico Pace, Davide Cabassi, Maxim Mogilevsky, Roberto Prosseda, Giuseppe Albanese, Alberto Nosè, Lilya Zilberstein, Lorella Ruffin, Epifanio Comis and Boris Berezovsky.
His first important public performance was at the age of 13, when he was selected by RAI (RadioTelevisione Italiana) to play at the “Arturo Toscanini” RAI Auditorium in Turin, in the TV program “Il gran concerto” (broadcasted on Rai3 on the 5th November 2011).
A good technical and expressive maturity, combined with an uncommon learning speed, allowed him, already as a boy, to experiment with complex and demanding repertoire, capturing prestigious results. Between the most important results, the recent won the First Prizes in Catania (Amigdala International Prize for Piano Interpretation 2019) and Bologna (Andrea Baldi International Piano Competition 2019), the First Prize in Vicenza (Premio Lamberto Brunelli 2017, playing at the concert series “Settimane Musicali al Teatro Olimpico”); the Fifth Prize in Venezia (Premio Venezia 2017, playing at the Gran Teatro La Fenice); the Second Prize in Paris (TIM-Tournoi international de Musique 2014). He was also admtted to the semifinals in Aarhus at “Carl Nielsen” international Piano Competition 2013. He was also awarded many other First Prizes in national and international piano competitions in Italy.
His piano repertoire is large and comprehends works ranging from the 17th century (with composers like F. Couperin and J. P. Rameau) to the 21st century (with modern composers such as Olivier Messiaen, Gyorgy Ligeti, Elliott Carter, Luciano Berio and Carl Vine).
Since he was 14, he has played in public regularly, always being successful to the public and the critics, either in solo recitals or in chamber music performances. He played in important cities in Italy (Roma, Chiostro di Campitelli; Milano, Modern Art Gallery; Torino, “A. Toscanini” Auditorium; Bologna, Oratorio di S. Cecilia; Padova, Museo della Spècola; Grosseto, Teatro degli Industri; Firenze, Auditorium “G. Verdi”; Arezzo, Teatro Virginian; Pesaro, Sala Pedrotti; Treviso, Chiostro di Santa Caterina; Vicenza, Gallerie d’Italia; Ravenna, Teatro Alighieri; Cesena, Teatro Bonci, Teatro Verdi, Palazzo Guidi) and abroad in Denmark (Aarhus Musikhuset, Viborg Campus’ Auditorium Viborg Musikforening), Netherlands (Artez Conservatorium in Enschede), Austria (Ursulinensäle Musikschule in Innsbruck).
In 2016, he was selected to perform Chopin Piano Concerto No. 1 in Ravenna together with Ravenna Chamber Orchestra (conducted by M° Paolo Manetti) and celebrated the Remembrance Day (27th January) by playing Olivier Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time in the Historical Malatesta Library in Cesena (UNESCO Memory of the World). In June 2019, in the Grosseto Teatro degli industry he played Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1 op. 15 with “Vivace young orchestra” conducted by M° Massimo Merone.